PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Chris Archer made his spring training debut for the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching two scoreless innings in a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Archer, who went 9-19 with a 4.02 ERA in 33 starts last season, allowed one hit, walked one and struck out two.

Joe McCarthy homered, double and drove in three runs for the Rays.

Boston, which managed just one hit through four innings, scored three times in the seventh inning, including a two-run single by outfielder Cole Sturgeon.

Red Sox starter Hector Velazquez gave up one run in two innings.

YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS (ss) 2: Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer for the Yankees and prospect Billy McKinney also connected, in Tampa, Florida.

New York right-hander Luis Severino pitched two hitless innings

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer for Toronto.

PHILLIES 10, BLUE JAYS (ss) 3: Kendrys Morales homered and drove in two runs for Toronto, and Jose Bautista also had two hits, in Dunedin, Florida.

Morales signed a $33 million, three-year deal with the Blue Jays over the winter.


INDIANS: Jason Kipnis will have to wait a bit to make his 2017 spring debut in Arizona.

Kipnis was slated to act as the designated hitter Sunday against the Chicago Cubs but was scratched after being diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain and receiving a cortisone shot, per Indians Manager Terry Francona.

Kipnis will be shut down from throwing for four to five days.

RANGERS: Slugger Josh Hamilton went to Houston on Sunday, facing the possibility of another knee surgery in his bid to return to the majors.

Hamilton will be examined Monday by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed reconstructive surgery on the former AL MVP’s left knee last June.

The Rangers acknowledge Hamilton might require arthroscopic knee surgery. If he does, Hamilton would likely be out four to six weeks and then need a minor league rehab assignment.

METS: When the former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow reports to camp Monday, he will give an introductory news conference and report to the Mets’ STEP camp, which is essentially an extended spring training for select minor league prospects.

But that doesn’t mean that the former NFL quarterback and sports-talk lightning rod won’t be getting his share of glare beneath the Florida sun.

In camp, it’s common for minor-leaguers to be borrowed by the big league team, and Mets Manager Terry Collins reiterated that he wants Tebow to be among those to receive the honor. Indeed, Tebow could appear in a Grapefruit League game for the Mets.

YANKEES: The head of the baseball players’ union says “that page has been turned” in the spat regarding New York Yankees President Randy Levine and what he said about reliever Dellin Betances’ agents.

Levine had called Betances a victim of  “over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality” by his representatives at an arbitration hearing on Feb 18.

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